Posted by Pierre on January 29th, 2012
As always, a delightful beginner-level puzzle from Everyman to get brain in gear on Sunday morning. Some particularly smooth surfaces today, and one definition I had never come across before.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
1 Like staff serving drinks inside?
A dd, with the definition of ‘inside’ being ‘in prison’.
6 Ring up about singular musical composition
A charade of O for ‘ring’, a reversal of UP and S for (grammatically) ‘singular’.
9 Strong admiral in hold
Another charade of FULL for ‘strong’ and Horatio for the wrestling ‘hold’.
10 Principal boy appearing in theatre-in-the-round
Hidden in theatre-in-tHE-ROund. Nice surface.
12 Books one consultation, primarily about the ear
The adjective relating to the ear is a charade of OT for ‘books’ (Old Testament), I for ‘one’ and the first letter of ‘consultation’.
13 Really showing skill penning two articles
Another way of saying ‘really’ is an insertion of the definite and indefinite articles, THE and A, in ART for ‘skill’. An excellent example of a smooth surface for a beginner-level crossword.
16 For a change all then see grand opera
HANSEL AND GRETEL
(ALL THEN SEE GRAND)* The anagrind is ‘for a change’ and it’s Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
18 Rarely alone? No, I’m one cub that’s been abandoned
ONCE IN A BLUE MOON
(ALONE NO I’M ONE CUB)* with ‘that’s been abandoned’ as the anagrind. Referring to the times when we have two full moons in one calendar month, allegedly. But that’s not actually that rare.
19 A danger to shipping, one key diver recalled
A charade of I for ‘one’, C for the key with no sharps or flats in it, and EBERG as a reversal of GREBE for the diving bird. The handsome Great Crested Grebe is my personal favourite.
21 Snake by front of gazebo makes one breathe in sharply
A charade of G for the first letter of ‘gazebo’ and ASP, the snake what did for Cleopatra.
24 Yobbo left unconscious
A charade of L and OUT for ‘unconscious’.
25 Style of decoration our aunt Eva used
(OUR AUNT EVA)* The anagrind is ‘used’.
26 Fix a ragout
27 An opportunist, a doctor accepting dare
An insertion of VENTURE for ‘dare’ in A DR.
1 Polish comic opera singer having love spurned
Another fine surface for a clue in an entry-level crossword. Remove the O from BUFF[O] to get a synonym for ‘polish’.
2 Hard on everybody in auditorium
A charade of H for ‘hard’ and ALL.
3 Their new one’s surprisingly still in ignorance
NONE THE WISER
(THEIR NEW ONE’S)* with ‘surprisingly’ as the anagrind.
4 Hood’s battle
A dd, referring to the headgear and the battle in 1854 as part of the Crimean War, and best remembered for The Charge of the Light Brigade.
5 Port? Jack’s on a Spanish wine
A charade of RIO, the setter’s port of preference, J for ‘jack’ and A to give you the Spanish wine.
7 Safeguard a picture on shifts
(A PICTURE ON)* with ‘shifts’ as the anagrind.
8 Gun down a crocodile to show off
SHOOT A LINE
A charade of SHOOT for ‘gun down’, A and LINE for ‘crocodile’, the formation that little ones do hand in hand when they’re out of school and walking in town with their teacher.
11 Company out of County Clare has distributed a farce
([CO]UNTY CLARE HAS)* with ‘distributed’ as the anagrind for the farce by Brandon Thomas.
14 Dreadful, the French records
A charade of CHRONIC for ‘dreadful’ and LES for one of the French definite articles.
15 Clued ‘shone’ cryptically, as planned
(CLUED SHONE)* with ‘cryptically’ as the anagrind.
17 Coach’s dedication
A dd. A DILIGENCE is a type of stagecoach, especially in France. I never knew that.
20 Pierced with a horn, former vice-president died
A charade of Al GORE and D for ‘died’.
22 Stand in pub drinking last of wine
‘I can’t stand him/I can’t bear him.’ The last letter of winE in BAR for ‘pub’.
23 Rotary file’s whirring sound
I thought at first Everyman was looking for a reversal, but it’s just a dd. SOED definition 2 (noun): ‘A dentist’s or surgeon’s tool for producing a smooth cavity.’ Definition 2 (verb): ‘A whirr, a vibratory, buzzing or rushing noise.’
Thanks as ever to Everyman for another pleasing Sunday morning puzzle.